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Weight Loss Strategies in the Elderly: A Clinical Conundrum.

TitleWeight Loss Strategies in the Elderly: A Clinical Conundrum.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsCoker, RH, Wolfe, RR
JournalObesity (Silver Spring)
Volume26
Issue1
Pagination22-28
Date Published2018 01
ISSN1930-739X
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Humans, Middle Aged, Muscle, Skeletal, Obesity, Sarcopenia, Weight Loss
Abstract

The age-related concomitant loss of skeletal muscle and accumulation of excess adipose tissue have been commonly referred to as sarcopenic obesity. While weight loss may help mitigate the metabolic abnormalities linked to obesity, low fitness levels and muscle atrophy complicate the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions. Because of low levels of compliance, suboptimal economic efficiency, and low functional capacity, there has been no consensus on optimal therapy. This includes the use of high-protein diets that do not ensure muscle preservation during weight loss in this segment of the population. The primary objectives of this review are to discuss the relevance of sarcopenic obesity, examine the feasibility of weight loss in the elderly, and highlight new approaches to the problem.

DOI10.1002/oby.21961
Alternate JournalObesity (Silver Spring)
PubMed ID29265771
PubMed Central IDPMC5744894
Grant ListP20 GM103395 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
P30 AG028718 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R43 AG051298 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U54 GM104944 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
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